WHAT WE DO //
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
A new generation: Our future depends on future generations who have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make the decisions and take the actions that make human rights a reality for all in our communities.
A transformative human rights curriculum and resources: Inspired by and built on Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' international Speak Truth To Power education programme, we have developed a new UK-specific, community-focused and experiential human rights programme for schools. It has been developed in close collaboration with human rights activists, artists, creatives, storytellers and leading educationalists.
Combining the stories of human rights champions, experiential and gamified activities and multifaceted teacher training, our learning outcome framework and resources will inspire students to understand that they have the power within them to make human rights a reality, one step at a time.
Building lasting, meaningful engagement: Speak Truth To Power is currently being delivered for the first time in schools across Greater London and Greater Manchester. With our partners, we are working to develop models that mean human rights education becomes a regular, repeated and sustained part of every student's learning - building their resilience and understanding of the power they have to shape our shared reality.
"EACH TIME A MAN STANDS UP FOR AN IDEAL, OR ACTS TO IMPROVE THE LOT OF OTHERS, OR STRIKES OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE, HE SENDS FORTH A TINY RIPPLE OF HOPE, AND CROSSING EACH OTHER FROM A MILLION DIFFERENT CENTRES OF ENERGY AND DARING, THOSE RIPPLES BUILD A CURRENT WHICH CAN SWEEP DOWN THE MIGHTIEST WALLS OF OPPRESSION AND RESISTANCE" ROBERT F. KENNEDY
In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. His campaign was built on eternal ideals that called on us to envision and work for a world in which the dignity of every human being is honoured and respected; in which we value one another and realise our own power in shaping the future.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK believes that we are at a critical moment in British and global history. At a time where the forces of division, hate and social dislocation are on the rise and causing tangible damage, we need to build a culture that is built on our shared humanity.
The universal concept of human rights that Robert F. Kennedy championed is essential if we are to build a more compassionate and socially just society and future for ourselves and all our children. And yet, we know that for many in the UK, human rights feel remote - they are for others, but not for me.
We believe that human rights are not simply ideals or beliefs to be held – they are a guide to be used and acted on in every day decision making, until they are made reality for all.
Our vision of a local, community-based and everyday human rights activism means that our role is to strengthen the ecosystem around the countless organisations doing incredible work in this space, by creating platforms for them to share their work and inspiring even more people to support them.
That's why we exist to inspire and empower people of every walk of life to make decisions and take actions every day that will help make human rights reality for all - to become ripples of hope in their communities and across the world.
WHAT WE DO //
THE RIPPLES OF HOPE
BUSINESS & INVESTMENT
Manchester, Thursday 30 January 2020
The future is uncertain. Yet we know that, if humanity is to succeed, we need to create a world in which everyone can thrive. Business as usual is no longer enough – if we are to create a future that truly serves humanity, human rights must be a dynamic in business that goes beyond compliance: they must be at the heart of organisational leadership, strategy and culture.
In 1964, Robert F. Kennedy observed that “The power to act is the power to command resources.” Nearly half of the world’s hundred largest economies are public companies, giving them a special role in making human rights reality.
Kerry Kennedy, Sir Richard Leese and Mayor Andy Burnham are delighted to invite you to join 130 cross-sector senior decision-makers from the business, finance and technology communities to explore how you and your organisation can be champions for the creation of a more human world.
Presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK in partnership with 53° Capital, the Ripples of Hope Business & Investment Summit is an opportunity and space for you to pause and reflect on your role as a leader and the future of your organisation.
Facilitated by leadership development experts Leaders Quest, and with speakers including Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-15); Ian Stuart (CEO, HSBC UK); Gina Miller (Founder, SCM Direct & rights activist); Jason Stockwood (Founder, 53° Capital) & John Elkington (author, The Triple Bottom Line), over an intensive and interactive one-day programme, you and your peers will:
Discuss the likely impact of the dynamics shaping our future.
Ask challenging questions about how our businesses have to adapt.
Reflect on and develop your role, capacity and skills as a leader.
Return to your organisation with practical steps and a powerful sense of how your organisation can build a successful and people-focused future
We hope you can join us build a community of leaders and organisations working together to build a more human future.
To book, please visit www.homemcr.org/theripplesofhope
We are at the very start of our journey in building Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the UK. If you are interested in getting involved, partnering or hearing more about our plans, we would love to hear from you.
We are proud and honoured to be affiliated to, and be building on the work of, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the US, which is led by Kerry Kennedy and was founded after Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968 by his family and friends as a means to dedicate themselves to a common goal: achieving Bobby’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.
Founded in June 2018, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK is incorporated in the UK as a limited company (11397556) and registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales (1181744).
Paul Lindley OBE (Chair)
Dr Mark Ellis